Murder arrests made in Dodge City homicide investigation

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Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 6:48 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2021 at 9:11 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Wednesday, March 24, 2021: The Dodge City Police Department said officers arrested a 19-year-old Dodge City man and a 31-year-old Dodge City woman and booked them into the Ford County Jail for first degree murder in connection with the death of 18-year-old Zacarias Giannino, of Dodge City. Police said they made the arrests Tuesday afternoon.

“Two additional arrests were subsequently made overnight. One juvenile female, 16 years of age, from Dodge City, was arrested for an active warrant. A 17-year-old male from Dodge City was arrested on Interference with Law Enforcement & Criminal Desecration.  Charges will be filed with the Ford County Attorney’s Office,” Dodge City police said.

The Dodge City PD said it’s believed that Giannino died from a single gunshot to the head during the early morning hours of Jan. 28 in VFW Park, at 12th and Cedar Street in Dodge City.

“Giannino’s body was hidden outdoors in a nearby but secluded area.  The extremely low temperatures that followed helped to preserve the condition of the remains,” police said. “This investigation is still ongoing.”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021: The Dodge City Police Department said a homicide investigation is underway after a man’s body was found at a home in the city. At about 8:26 p.m. Sunday (March 21), Dodge City police responded to a home for a report of someone knowing about a dead body.

“With the information learned from this report, officers responded to the 1200 block of West Elm Street where they located the deceased body of an unknown male appearing to be in his 20s,” police said. “After processing the scene, the body was turned over to the Ford County Coroner for further examination. The condition of the body indicated the subject had been deceased for a few weeks.”

Police didn’t release the cause of death from the autopsy, but did identify the man found dead as 18-year-old Zacarias Giannino, of Dodge City.

“This is an active and ongoing homicide investigation,” police said. DCPD asks that anyone with information about this incident please call the department at 620-225-8126, dispatch at 620-227-4646, or submit a tip through the DCPD Facebook page or tip411 service.

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